Fields Family Wines Estate Vineyard Lodi Syrah 2014
Cranberry and blackberry-pie nose with savory hints of cured meat and a touch of milk chocolate. The palate belies the nose in that it’s bright and almost citrussy with a pleasant touch of bitterness that evokes orange rind. 93 pts.
Fields Family Wines The Roasted Slope Lodi Syrah 2014
The Roasted Slope is all strawberry and salted plum on the nose, the palate also has good energy and lift that, like the estate wine, contrasts with the big-fruit nose. 92 pts.
The Roasted Slope, as its name implies, is an example of a Côte-Rôtie-style Syrah with about 9% Viognier mixed in with the estate Syrah fruit. The Viognier comes from Gill Creek Ranch right along the Mokelumne River. Ryan felt the Viognier added some acidity to the wine which would account for a slightly more energetic lift on the palate.
Both the wines are impressively “balanced” and I continue to be impressed with what Ryan Sherman is doing at Fields Family. Judicious picking times, and the absence of new oak, make the wines superior examples of Syrah. I wouldn’t exactly call the wines shy but Sherman keeps the fruit just restrained enough to make the wines food friendly and savory.